High Court will decide if Indigenous people without citizenship can be deported


The case will focus on whether an Indigenous person can be considered an “alien” under the Australian Constitution.

  • Brooke Fryer
  • NITV News
  • SBS

Lawyers will argue in the High Court of Australia this month that Indigenous people should be exempt from the government’s mandatory deportation powers.

Immigration laws changed in 2014 allowing visas to be revoked if a person has been convicted of a crime carrying a jail sentence of a year or longer.

Data shows the number of visa cancellations in Australia has increased steadily since then.

A significant proportion of…

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